This is the story of Before & After Designs...a transformation from CPA/MBA to Professional Home Stager/Business Owner...
In 2000, newly-married and a 1st time homeowner, I fell in love with the TLC home makeover show, Trading Spaces. From there, my love of design and decorating was born...decorating and redecorating rooms in my own homes, decorating rooms and choosing colors for friends and family, staging my own homes for sale (one getting an offer in 7 days!), and completely updating our 2nd home, a 1970s quad-level. One thing was clear - design energized me! Since then, it's been my hobby. My 'real' jobs throughout the years have been spent in Corporate America - first in a Big 4 public accounting firm, then a premier financial services firm in Chicago, then after time off to earn my MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 10 years with a local Fortune 500 company, and, most recently, a local family-run, privately held manufacturer. Somewhere in there, my husband, Tony, and I started a family. We are the proud parents of 2 amazing boys - ages 12 and 7. For years, I was the stereotypical working mom - struggling to 'have it all' - trying to successfully balance family and work (and my passion for design!). In the summer of 2018, I decided it was time to redefine what 'having it all' means . This business, Before & After Designs, was born from that. For me, personally, it's a transformation...I am now doing what I love, what energizes me, and what gives me the flexibility and energy to be present in the lives of those I care about and be the mom I've always wanted to be but couldn't because of the demands of my jobs.
Born in raised in Northwest Indiana, I am committed to keeping our communities strong for generations to come. I can do this by helping people love and take pride in their spaces (both personal and business), maximizing home sales prices, and shortening the length of time homes are on the market.
My mission is to transform lives by solving design dilemmas. To do so, I will assist homeowners and businesses to understand, identify, and achieve their design goals. I will do so collaboratively, timely, on budget, with honesty, integrity, and an emphasis on quality. In the end, my services will help homes sell faster and at top dollar, create a sense of home, relieve stress, promote tranquility and relaxation, and improve efficiency through organization, and establish a vibe or create an identity for both residential and commercial spaces.
We are an HSR Certified Professional home staging and interior redesign organization serving Crown Point, St. John, Schererville, Dyer, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Hebron, Demotte, Munster, Highland, Valparaiso, Chesterton, and the surrounding areas in Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs, and southwestern Michigan. We have completed the most comprehensive and intensive home staging and redesign certification courses in North America provided by the Home Staging Resource.
The HSR Certification program was the first and is one of the only Accredited staging training by the Real Estate Staging Assocation (RESA) who is the governing body for the home staging industry.
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